Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You may take this medicine with or without food.
Take the medicine in the evening, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about diet and exercise.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using digoxin (Lanoxin®), gemfibrozil (Lopid®), nefazodone (Serzone®), niacin, or an antibiotic such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, telithromycin, Diflucan®, Nizoral®, or Sporanox®. Tell your doctor if you are using cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), danazol, or a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are using a heart medicine such as amiodarone, verapamil, Cordarone®, or Inderal®. Tell your doctor if you use medicines to treat HIV/AIDS, such as Agenerase®, Crixivan®, Invirase®, Norvir®, Sustiva®, or Viracept®.
Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Make sure your doctor knows if you have diabetes, kidney disease, or a muscle disorder. Make sure your doctor knows if you have a history of liver disease, heart problems, or stroke.
If your doctor tells you to increase the amount of medicine you are taking or if you are just starting this medicine, make sure you tell the doctor right away if you get muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Do not stop using this medicine without asking your doctor. You may need a special diet to keep your cholesterol levels from going up after you stop using the medicine.